Medical Ethics


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

7 May 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Medical ethics principles provide a framework for healthcare professionals to prioritize patients' well-being, dignity, and trust. However, the multitude of guidelines from different organizations can create confusion about essential rules. Understanding the origins and systematic application of medical ethics principles helps us develop a defensible hierarchy for prioritizing these principles. This model provides coordinated, cost-effective, and high-quality health care. Ethics serve as the guiding principles for healthcare professionals, ensuring that they prioritize their patients' well-being, treat patients with dignity and respect, and foster trust and confidence in the healthcare system.

Understanding the origins of and a way to apply medical ethics principles systematically will help healthcare professionals develop a defensible hierarchy or algorithm for prioritizing the principles from among these various organizations' guidelines. This activity discusses the current understanding of the origins and development of medical ethics and emphasizes the pivotal role of interdisciplinary teams in applying these principles to patient care. Through collaborative learning, participants gain insights into navigating ethical dilemmas effectively within an interprofessional team. By integrating diverse perspectives, healthcare professionals can make well-informed decisions that prioritize patient welfare while respecting their autonomy and dignity. 

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, dentists, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Apply medical ethics principles to real-world clinical scenarios, demonstrating proficiency in ethical decision-making.

  • Differentiate between ethical principles, discerning their relevance and significance in specific clinical contexts.

  • Select and apply appropriate ethical frameworks and principles based on the unique aspects of each clinical scenario.

  • Collaborate with the multidisciplinary healthcare team to ensure cohesive ethical decision-making and consensus in patient care.


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